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The Dangerous case of Donald Trump Report from 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Exp
07-30-2017, 04:57 AM
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The Dangerous case of Donald Trump Report from 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Exp
The Dangerous case of Donald Trump Report from 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Access a President from the Yale "Duty to Warn" conference led by Bandy Lee, M.D., M.Div.

Discussion highlights from John Gartner, Psychologist
In discussing the "Goldwater Rule" of not making a diagnosis without doing a full evaluation of a person Gartner says that observations can be made by behavior which is different from total diagnoses - we can comment on observable behavior.

"Unfortunately we can't go through a news cycle without observing abnormal behavior by Donald Trump. The fact that he is an unstable, paranoid, grandiose lier made from the same cloth of every egomaniacal dictator has really been obscured by this debate about whether we should comment or not on the mental health of the President. The bottom line is, I have yet to meet a mental health professional who believes Donald Trump is competent to be President. It is as likely to find one of those as an earth scientist who believes there is no global warming."

Gartner points out this is not a diagnosis, but an observation and "It would be impossible to put together a more dangerous set of traits than what we see in Donald Trump. Because of this gag rule (Goldwater Rule), our silence has enabled his rise."

"In this era of alternate facts and gaslighting, the public is depending on us to validate what most of them can see with their own eyes. That there is something dangerously abnormal about this man. But we have basically abdicated our responsibility to validate their reality testing to help them understand and explain the genuine danger we are in because of this gag order (Goldwater Rule)."

Sample Introduction on Amazon where the report will be available:
The consensus view of two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

This is not normal.

Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

In THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump’s case, their moral and civic “duty to warn” America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump’s symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.

Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump’s impulsivity in terms of “unbridled and extreme present hedonism.” Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the “malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.

It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.

Psychology Today January 2017 on Gaslighting Highlights
Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn't realize how much they've been brainwashed. For example, in the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind.

People who gaslight typically use the following techniques:
1. They tell blatant lies.
2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof.
3. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition.
4. They wear you down over time.
5. Their actions do not match their words.
6. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you.
7. They know confusion weakens people.
8. They project.
9. They try to align people against you.
10. They tell you or others that you are crazy.
11. They tell you everyone else is a liar.

The more you are aware of these techniques, the quicker you can identify them and avoid falling into the gaslighter's trap.

Full article with many more details at

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